I have received a number of info requests in the past little while. Ashley Trytsman wrote:
I came across your site and it is amazing! I love Durban, my growing up stomping ground:) Please can you advise/ point me in the right direction. I am trying to get any info/ pics on AKALS toy store that was located in Stamford Court in Stamford Hill rd. back in the eighties. Any help would be greatly appreciated- All the very best for the year to come and with your lovely website.
Marie Levine wrote:
You clearly love Durban History, and do too!. I was curator of the Maritime Exhibit for Durban Expo 86 and fell in love with your city.
I am hoping your can help me with two queries;
1) Do you, or do know where I could find a photo of XL tearoom, circa 1920s? I heard so much about it but don’t know where on the beachfront it was located or what it looked like.
2) And I’ve also been searching for a photo of Battery Beach/Natal Command in 1906. There was a shark attack on an Indian male who was washing horses there…am trying to figure out why he was there & doing that because he was a “lamp lighter for Durban Corporation”
Could kick myself that I didn’t look for both in the Durban History Museum when last I was in Durban…I haven’t been able to find either on the Internet. Can’t even get any bunnies here in the USA!!
Derek Austin asked:
Can anyone remember a Portuguese supper club in Point Road near the Wheel circa 1986/7?
Natalie Nel wrote:
I am interested in finding out more about Umbilo and I was given your website, which I have perused, but have not found anything related to Umbilo. I was wondering if you have any info on where I can get more history into Umbilo. I know there was a concentration camp in Congella and many of the houses/flats were built by the Whaling station and the old Durban Corporation. I also know that Umbilo was once a farm/two farms.
Most people don’t even know Umbilo and it would be nice to know more about the place. I have researched the archives and found bits and pieces, but nothing really concrete. It would be lovely to see old photos/find out any info. If you can help in any way, I really would appreciate it.
Adrian Burgerhoff wrote:
I have always wondered about the history of Durban, and your site provides a lot of answers! Although, a recent thought has plagued me, the meaning of the name Poets’ Corner in Queensburgh. I have searched for a link to the old part of Westminster Abbey but nothing is clear cut. Could you perhaps help me with the answer?
Casey Crew asked:
I was wondering if you could help me, I’m looking for when the bridge in Verulam – Canelands was built?